As an Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Immersion Program Sponsor, your gift will help underwrite the costs of training individuals who are blind or visually impaired to prepare them with critical tools for working and living with a guide dog. The O&M Immersion Program is a unique, six-day course provided free of charge for qualified applicants, in tandem with our partner agencies (current partners include the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, Calif., Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, and Wayfinder Family Services in Los Angeles). Participants are paired with an O&M specialist and receive 25-30 instructional hours to work on skills to enhance their overall mobility and independence, with an emphasis on non-tactile strategies for navigation (skills essential to traveling with a guide dog).
GDB provides the O&M Immersion Program to address a growing problem: about a third of the individuals who do not qualify for a guide dog are denied training due to lack of O&M skills. Across the United States, O&M services are often unreliable and, in many communities, non-existent. GDB’s O&M Immersion Program fills an important need for our clients and in the blind and visually impaired community.
As an Orientation and Mobility Program Sponsor, you will receive:
For gifts larger than $50,000, please contact Director of Philanthropy Robin Keating at 415.499.4066 (toll free at 800.295.4050 ext. 4066), or firstname.lastname@example.org.